The difficulty of gathering information and establishing requirements, owing to the chaotic nature of the business world, is clear to see. Every business analyst must overcome their own Mad Tea Party if they are to be successful in carrying out their mission...
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When Requirements Elicitation Becomes a “Mad Tea Party”!

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Adam Alami, Sr. Business Analyst

The difficulty of gathering information and establishing requirements, owing to the chaotic nature of the business world, is clear to see. Every business analyst must overcome their own Mad Tea Party if they are to be successful in carrying out their mission. As Alice is confronted with the unreliability of the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse, so too is the analyst faced with unreliable stakeholders. In her attempts to gain an understanding of the never-ending tea party, Alice’s use of elicitation is effectively useless in the face of endless riddles, an unconventional sense of time, and undependable characters.  Analysts find themselves in comparable environments with various degrees of chaos and unpredictability. 

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Business Analysis In The Midst Of Chaos!

Adam Alami, Senior Business Analyst

Chaos, by its very nature, is impossible to control completely, and so a business analyst who enters into their own chaotic Wonderland will be presented with difficulties immediately. Throughout Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole, she is confronted with a complete absence of structure, a lack of clear information, and a cast of frantic characters. In their role, a business analyst must strive to find order in the chaos, just like Alice. As Alice is faced with riddles, the business analyst is faced with information that is either unclear or unavailable. They must solve the riddles and establish structure, all while appeasing the residents of Wonderland...

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Deep Dive Models in Agile Series: Process Flows

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Candase Hokanson, Senior Product Manager

Process Flows are usually used for user facing projects/systems, although their cousin, the System Flow, can be used in virtually the same manner to document system processes and logic.  When on an agile project, the Product Owner (PO) or Business Analyst (BA) will usually elicit the high level process flow (L1) in a sprint 0 or planning type phase. From there, during that same planning type phase, the L2 processes to be created will be prioritized and the PO or BA will usually work on the 1-2 highest priority process flows at the L2 level. This is to build the initial backlog...

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10 Lessons from "B/A" testing

Ryan Hewitt, Senior Business Analyst

We implemented "B/A" testing (better known as A/B testing) into our product 6 months ago. During that time we conducted a variety of A/B tests to generate insights about our user's behavior. We learnt a lot about our specific product. More generally, we learnt about how to run valuable A/B tests.  Below are the TOP 10 LESSONS I learnt RUNNING A/B TESTS. It's tips & tricks - plus things to avoid doing.

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